During a Christmas Day broadcast from the Middle East in 1943 the Battalion sing 'Te ope tuatahi".
After being inspired by the Battalion's efforts at Gallipoli Sir Apirana Ngata composed the song. It was also a means to inspire recruitment for the war effort. During World War I Maori recruitment (as well as Pakeha) had waned.
Listen to another version of the song sung by school girls in Gisborne in 1940.
Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. (sa-u-0988-s01). Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright.